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About The Alliance

The Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County, Arkansas, was created in 1994 as a non-stock, not-for-profit corporation and became operational on January 1, 1995. The Alliance was formed to unify community and economic development efforts in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County.

The Alliance has two divisions:

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Jefferson County Industrial Foundation

Additionally,

The Pine Bluff - Jefferson County Port Authority
The Arkansas River Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority
Jefferson Foundation and
Jefferson Investors, Inc.

are affiliates of The Alliance. A separate board of directors governs each of these organizations but all share common quarters and a common staff. The result of unification has been increased efficiency and effectiveness.

A board of trustees comprised of proven leaders governs The Alliance. Those currently serving are:

Steven Brown, Chairman; senior vice president, Relyance Bank
David Beck, CIC, Vice Chairman; vice president & marketing director, First Arkansas Insurance
Mac Bellingrath, Secretary-Treasurer; president, B3 Properties, Inc.
Marty Casteel, chairman & CEO, Simmons Bank
Duke Fakouri, president, M.K. Distributors, Inc.
David C. Bush, Ex-officio Director; retired banking executive
Rob Cheatwood, Ex-officio Director; vice president-operations, A-Team Temporaries/Snelling Personnel
Ted Drake, Ex-officio Director; partner, Bridges Law Firm
Larry Kennedy, Ex-officio Director; director of materials management, JRMC
Chad Pittillo, Ex-officio Director; vice president - agriculture, Simmons Bank
 

A full-time professional staff manages the day-to-day operations of The Alliance, its divisions and affiliates. Those currently serving as members of the staff are:

Lou Ann Nisbett, President and CEO
Caleb McMahon, Director, Economic Development
Rhonda Dishner, Executive Assistant-Economic Development
Nancy McNew, Director, Pine Bluff Chamber, Leadership Pine Bluff
Monica Mitcham, Office Manager
Mandy Owens, Event Coordinator
Twylla Lee, Receptionist